Drawing on her extensive experience in complex litigation, technology and business, Tara helps Carlson Caspers clients leverage and defend their intellectual property in the courtroom. Her background on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, coupled with a keen understanding of technology, markets and people, allows Tara to customize legal strategies designed to meet the specific needs of each client she serves.
Tara’s litigation practice is focused on patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and unfair competition. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations across the country, and helped negotiate multi-million dollar, client-favorable settlements, in matters involving medical devices, financial systems, radiation therapy systems, dental treatments, glass coatings and consumer goods, among other technologies.
In addition to her intellectual property practice, since 2009 Tara has served as general counsel for the Receiver in the $190 million Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme, the second-largest fraud in Minnesota history, where she is leading the effort to repatriate assets from around the globe that were stolen under the guise of an international currency trading program.
Tara brings first-hand business experience to every matter she handles, having worked for a global consulting firm before she became a lawyer. Prior to joining Carlson Caspers, Tara clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced with an international law firm based in Chicago.
In the legal community, Tara is actively involved in the leadership of the Federal Bar Association, serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter, and as chair of the Markman Study Group, a joint project of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Minnesota FBA. Tara is recognized among the Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® and has earned the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating from her peers for the highest level of professional excellence. She is named among the “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Minnesota” and for 2017 “Top 100 Super Lawyers in Minnesota.” Tara is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America.
Tara is the firm’s chief marketing partner and co-founder and co-chair of its committee on diversity and inclusion, which is committed to ensuring that people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs are involved in all levels of the firm, client relationships, and the community as a whole.
Outside of her law practice, Tara works with Friends of FANA, Minnesota, a non-profit organization established to unite Colombian children of all ages with adoptive families. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Sunny Hollow Montessori.
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, Minnesota Law Review
B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Minnesota Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit